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We all know some foods can help our body stay healthy. However, did you know some foods can help your teeth stay healthy too? Healthy foods are essential for healthy teeth, which is why our dentist, Dr. Chris Ostendorf with Ostendorf Family Dentistry in Stewartsville, Missouri, is here to explain more.

For starters, the best drink to enjoy is water. Water is essential to life and health. Many municipalities in our country have fluoridated water, which helps fight cavities and strengthen tooth enamel. Milk and unsweetened teas are also great for keeping your teeth healthy and strong, and milk is full of calcium and vitamin D. You should avoid drinks that are high in sugars like sodas, lemonade, and any coffees or teas that contain sugar.

The best food choices start with proteins and calcium. For example, nuts, cheese, chicken or other meats, can play an essential role in maintaining good oral health. Calcium is always ideal to remineralize teeth. You need to remineralize your teeth to repair damage done from the acids in the foods and drinks you consume. Proteins always provide healthy nutrients that are needed for your smile and your overall body.

Other food options to keep your teeth in tip-top health include crunchy or firm foods like apples, pears, and vegetables. These food choices are excellent because they contain many nutrients and are very high in water content which can dilute the effects of sugar and increase saliva inside your body. Saliva neutralizes acids in your mouth that could damage your teeth, which is why the production of saliva is essential to your oral health.

If you have questions about your oral health, or if you need a checkup, please call our friendly dental office today at (816) 669-3611, so we can schedule you an appointment with a member of our expert dental staff. Our dental team is thrilled to help you with dental questions or concerns you have.